Billy Showell graduated from St Martins School of Art with a B.A. in fashion design, but was irresistibly drawn to painting and illustration. She is now a renowned botanical fine artist and tutor. Billy works from her studio in Kent and teaches via her online school of botanical art. She also travels to teach throughout the UK, the USA and Australia. Billy has been awarded many awards for botanical excellence from the Society of Botanical Artists; a gold medal from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; and a Royal Horticultural Society silver-gilt medal. She has written and illustrated four best-selling practical art books which have been translated into many languages. Billy's paintings are collected by her followers the world over and held in many prestigious botanical collections. Visit her website www.billyshowell.com.
Back by popular demand, Billy Showell's Watercolour Flower Portraits was first published in 2009. Billy is a renowned botanical fine artist and tutor and the winner of many awards for botanical excellence. In this practical books she shows us the drawing and painting techniques necessary for capturing the subtle beauty of flowers. Information on equipment needed and advice on colour mixing and composition is followed by detailed advice on painting individual aspects of flowers, such as leaves and stems, adding shadows and painting white flowers. Four step-by-step projects put what you have learned into practice - featuring orchids, lilies, roses and delphiniums. * Leisure Painter * The book is bigger than I expected. Lovely detail and very well laid out. I think I will find this book very helpful. Definitely good value for money. -- Maria Williams * Amazon Customer Review *